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Millington Hall Farm – FAQs

What is the proposed scheme?

  1. Updated plans and options for the redevelopment of the derelict Millington Hall Farm to create:
  2. a family pub/restaurant;
  3. some small retail units;
  4. a community and education space,
  5. an agricultural food hub if strong local and planning support if given;
  6. either upgraded visitor accommodation or office in the Hall; and
  7. either a children’s adventure play barn or a microbrewery.

What is the purpose of this consultation?

This consultation responds to the previous feedback and support and is to inform the preparation of submission plans for MHF with updated comments.

It is urgent to find viable uses to invest and restore vitality in this unique property and offer wider benefits from a community that has lost many facilities in the past few years.  The consultation provides carefully thought through solutions for both parking and access, creates significant new public space and community use areas, opening up access for pedestrians and cyclists, and significant anticipated benefits for the local economy, jobs, environment and heritage.

The consultation specifically seeks public and stakeholder views on the site to ensure that they are considered within the plan so that the scheme can maximise wider benefits and secure the support that is needed for planning. The consultation feedback will play an important role in helping to refine the overall plan.

How has the feedback from the consultation in 2017 affected this plan?

An initial consultation was conducted in 2017 and the feedback highlighted concerns about the volume and type of traffic on the existing roads and impact on local rural lanes.

The local community made numerous suggestions and we are proud that the revised plans now deliver the following;

  1. An improved highways solution including new access pre-construction if full scheme approved
  2. Improved local broadband infrastructure
  3. Community Space with 100 hour free commitment
  4. Farm Based Activities
  5. Local Food Showcased
  6. Reduced Retail Offer
  7. Sensitive Landscaping

Access to the site has been considered in more detail.

How do I comment on proposals?

You can comment on the feedback forms today, or you can go online or email.

Design

How will we preserve and improve the buildings and celebrate their heritage as part of the scheme?

As part of the scheme we have explored the history of the buildings and historical development of the site as much as we can to ensure that we do not propose anything that would harm their significance.  As Listed Buildings our focus is very much on their restoration and enhancement.  This will be through repairs to the stone and brickwork, rebuilding lost elements and removing some of the later more modern buildings that significantly obscure the view of the historic farm buildings. Most important of all is to bring the buildings into new uses as this is the best way to preserve the buildings for current and future generations.  The proposed uses will ensure that all of the historic buildings will be have viable futures that respect their age and historic character.  The uses also ensure that the setting of each building is preserved and enhanced and allows for the farm yard character to be kept so that the historic identify of the buildings is retained.

We are especially keen to learn more about the history of the buildings so we can include in the heritage aspect of the development.  Therefore, you encouraged to include within feedback any information you are willing to share.

Is there any increase in the size of the buildings?

  • Overall the footprint will be reduced.  The majority of the buildings will remain the same size as existing, due to the conversion elements of the scheme. Some buildings have been structured and extended in places for the proposed uses to able to operate (for example there will be a ground floor extension to the rear of the pub building).
  • Some buildings are being demolished due to their poor condition and are to be replaced by new buildings. This includes replacement building C which will be used for retail but is of a nearly identical building footprint.
  • The one material increase in volume but not footprint would be if we are to deliver the food hub we would need to demolish and rebuild the three chicken sheds as one as can easily be appreciated when looking at their poor quality and highly compromised space.

How long will the development take?  

  • 2 years from planning (approx.) 

Traffic and Parking

Access to the site?

Vehicular access will be taken via Millington Hall Lane, following the approved agricultural access under planning permission 16/3903M that is due to commence construction shortly. The proposed access point connects to the lane north of the existing cluster of residential properties within Millington, thereby by-passing existing pinch points between the existing residential properties.

What is the likely increase in the traffic using the local roads?

The anticipated changes to the traffic numbers and patterns has been and will contuinually be modelled by our consultant Peter Blair. 

The roads feeding onto Millington Hall Lane are single track, therefore how will they cope with any increase in usage and larger vehicles using the roads?

The Estate is offering to upgrade four existing informal passing places and add additional formal passing places  on Millington Lane if they are not done first as part of the A556 works as they should be. These improvements will reduce overall delays to both the existing and development traffic.

Is there any additional parking and where will people park?

  • Yes, we have proposed a main visitor car park which contains a pedestrian route which aligns with a route through to the historic courtyard to the north and to the front of the proposed Pub.
  • Signposts will clearly direct people to the main visitor car parking area.  

Does HS2 impact on the project?

Not that we anticipate at the moment, no.

Staff Car Parking? 

A smaller and separate staff parking area is also provided to the north of the Farmhouse. This will principally be retained for staff working on the site and those staying at the proposed short term let facilities within the farmhouse.

Servicing to the site? 

  • All service vehicles will enter the site from the new access road onto Millington Hall Lane. Again, sympathetic signage would be used on Tatton Estate land to ensure all service vehicles are directed effectively and so they do not pass the cluster of residential dwellings on Millington Hall Lane. The location of the various service yard areas within the site have been positioned to avoid conflicts with pedestrian movements. 
  • Vehicles servicing the proposed Pub will pass the staff car park into a service area located to the north of the Pub and west of the Microbrewery / Play-Barn and will therefore be located away from the customer car park.
  • Vehicles servicing for the agricultural food hub will enter through a new service yard
  • Servicing will be during typical hours for most of the uses but there will be a need to allow for early starts to ensure the various businesses can operate effectively. Notably, there are no servicing restrictions placed on the existing agricultural use.

Economy

How many jobs are likely to be created?

It is anticipated that the proposed development could support up to 107 roles during the construction phase, including on-site and within the wider supply chain. Once the site is fully developed and occupied, we expected to support around 86 permanent jobs on site and 69 roles in the wider economy. These jobs will not all be on site at the same time due to the nature of their roles and work patterns.

What type of jobs will be created and what will the salaries be?

These jobs will range from construction workers, operational managers, customer service support roles, food technicians, marketing executives and project managers, waiting on staff, retail workers.

Are we likely to see a boost in the local economy?

Yes  -contribution to economic output: It is estimated that the Proposed Development could increase the size of the economy by around £2.1million per annum, or £17.8million over a ten-year period (present value).

What other benefits will the scheme deliver to the local community?

Creating a genuine hub for the parish of Millington, including a new public house, flexible office space and community room. The site is well placed to act as a community hub for Millington, especially given that a number of local facilities have recently closed as a result of the new bypass (or are due to shortly).

Will the scheme deliver any other benefits?

  • Sensitive refurbishment of an historic asset including the Grade II listed farmhouse and its relevant out-buildings.
  • Bringing a derelict site back into use.
  • Numerous economic benefits to the agricultural and rural economy.
  • Improved access opportunities into the open countryside by improving existing public rights of way and creating new informal walking routes through what is currently a private valley area. i.e. pub walks
  • Environmental benefits including renewable forms of energy, in particular, roof mounted solar battery storage. The scheme will also facilitate enjoyment of the wider landscape, by opening up views over the wider landscape (particularly from the pub terrace).

Ecology

How will the environment and indigenous or endangered species be protected?

  • Ecology reports demonstrate that no protected species (including Great Crested Newts) are located on/ near site.
  • Valuable habitats (mainly hedgerows) for bats and birds will be retained, with lots of connectivity, bat and bird boxes, restricting vegetation clearance in nesting season, and sensitive lighting, ensuring minimal impacts.

Drainage

 Has the drainage been considered?

  • Millington Hall is at low risk of flooding.
  • Surface water will be discharged to a soakaway without creating a flooding risk.
  • A sewage treatment system will be installed during the initial stages of development to ensure there is no strain on existing facilities. Treated effluent will be discharged to a soakaway/drainage field via an eco-friendly package treatment plant.

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